Mccartney2003 40M
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7/24/2005 12:00 am

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There are so many fabulous words in the Glossary of Linguistics and Rhetoric that it's hard to pick favorites, but here are some of mine.

Apophasis: Mentioning something by declaring that it shall not be mentioned. "I need not remind you to get your Christmas shopping done early."

Cacography: Poor handwriting; also, incorrect spelling.

Dontopedalogy: An aptitude for putting one's foot in one's mouth.

Exergasia: Repeating a point by using different figures of speech to give the impression of saying something new.

Exonym: A name by which one people or social group refers to another but which is not used by said group to refer to themselves.

Fis phenomenon: The phenomenon where children reject well-meaning adult attempts to mispronounce a word in the same way as a child. Child: "Fis." / Adult: "Yes, it's a 'fis'." / Child: "No, 'fis'!" / Adult: "Oh, a fish." / Child: "Yes, a fis."

Graphospasm: Writer's cramp.

Illeism: The practice of referring to oneself in the third person.

Litotes: Understatement by negating the opposite. "I was not disappointed with the news."

Mendaciloquence: Lying as an art; adroit prevarication.

Perpilocutionist: One who expounds on a subject of which he has little knowledge.

Tmesis: Inserting a word in the middle of another. "Hoo-bloody-ray" and "un-freaking-believable."

rm_Elysia2005 44F
412 posts
7/24/2005 6:51 pm

So "Mafia" would be an exonym?

Masseur_0 43M

7/25/2005 3:08 pm

Holy-freakin-Moley, I know what a tmesis is now!
Perpilocutionist is my fav thouygh, I'm gonna remember that one for work...there's a guy who has a story for everything. I especially love it when he talks about his castle in Scotland that he bought for only 50,000 pounds...

Masseur_0 43M

7/25/2005 3:09 pm

or was it Mendaciloquence?...Yea, my boy Ken is one Mendaciloquence talkin' mo-fo...Thanks for the lexicon builder

Mccartney2003 40M
281 posts
7/27/2005 4:19 pm


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